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Sara Jane's Oatmeal Cake

Reviewed: May 1, 2004
This IS yummy. I cut way back on the sugar, though, - 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup brown. And I added cinnamon to the batter and baked it in a 9 x 13 pan for about 45 minutes. Some chopped nuts added to the topping were the finishing touch. Mmmm.
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Lazy Daisy Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2010
This is a family favorite that my mother used to make and now I've been making for years. I usually make 1 1/2 recipes of this and bake it in a 9x13 pan. We also spread the frosting on the cake right out of the oven and then broil it till bubbly. Delicious!
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Mushroom Turnovers

Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2004
These make wonderful appetizers! Though they're a little putzy to make, they're worth it. I brush the edges with some beaten egg for a better seal and also brush some on the tops. I bake them in a slightly hotter oven (400 degrees), too. Delicious!
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Coffee Liqueur Brownies

Reviewed: Mar. 5, 2009
These were OK but I prefer my present recipe that has 2 whole eggs, double the sugar(they're not too sweet!), and 6 tablespoons butter. The coffee powder and liqueur don't flavor as much as they enhance the chocolate, which is certainly not a bad thing! I also found it easier to mix everything in the separate bowl that I melted the chocolate and butter in. I get better mixing of ingredients and can then pour into a lightly greased pan.
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Cucumbers with Sour Cream

Reviewed: Aug. 9, 2005
This is really delicious with almost any sandwich, burgers, brats, etc. I used sour cream, as I assume was intended. I mixed the cucumber slices with close to a teaspoon of salt and let them drain for about an hour before adding the other ingredients. I also used white wine vinegar and about 1/2 teaspoon dried dill. Be sure to chill well. Almost addictive!
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Julie's Famous Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Sep. 27, 2010
This is rich but pretty tasty. It definitely benefits from caramelizing the onions in the butter. Not having any croutons on hand, I used crushed saltines with butter for the topping. I reduced the recipe by half and, depending on the number of servings I need next time, I may even reduce it to a quarter, although the leftovers seemed to taste even better; heated in the microwave and then run under the boiler to crisp the topping. I'll add this to my rotation of mac and cheese recipes.
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Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2011
My husband liked this much more than I did. The flavor was pretty good, though a bit too "winey". The meat was very tender and moist but then it's tenderloin and I expected it to be. On the advice of others, I thickened the liquid to use as sauce/gravy, but it was so salty I just didn't enjoy it and couldn't finish the potato I put it on. This was very easy to put together but I probably won't make it again without some changes.
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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Aug. 21, 2009
I always make pancakes from scratch - they're so much better and easy to put together. Over the years I've honed a couple go-to recipes, but based on the reviews I tried this one. They really are way too salty and, I believe, there's too much baking powder. That aside, they seem a bit bland and in need of "something". We much prefer pancakes made with buttermilk, a little bit of baking soda, and less baking powder.
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Hearty Oatmeal Pancakes

Reviewed: Jan. 22, 2012
These are delicious and filling. I"ll definitely make these again but since I was not a fan of the cinnamon, I'll leave that out next time and add some vanilla extract instead.
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Sour Cream Pork Chops

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2009
I've been making this recipe for years, served with mashed potatoes. Sometimes I change it up by adding the mushroom soup and occasionally I replace a part of the water with sherry. It's also wonderful with chicken. My family loves and requests this deliciousness.
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Sunday Best Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2011
This salad is so fast to prepare and deliciously refreshing. And the possibilities are endless; you can use almost any combination of fresh and/or canned fruits. If you keep a can of peach pie filling on hand, this can be whipped up nearly any time on short notice. Really yummy.
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Butter Snow Flakes

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2010
I always thought my orange spritz recipe was near perfect, but we like this one much more! We do prefer it without the cinnamon, though, but that's just us. This year (Christmas) I sprinkled a little white coarse sugar on them before baking to give them a bit of sparkle and sweet crunch. Addictive!
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Shrimp Burritos

Reviewed: Dec. 28, 2009
These are delicious! Everyone agreed - the sauce is what makes these extra good. The second time I made these I used black beans instead of refried and I added them to the cooked rice and tomatoes. We preferred it this way and it was one less dirty pan! And that yummy sauce - we'll use it on other sandwiches, tacos and wraps.
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Alaska Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Nov. 17, 2009
A simple and delicious recipe, although it took my cake an extra nearly ten minutes to bake. The icing does set up fairly quickly so must be spread quickly. I put the toasted chopped nuts on the top rather than in the icing and pressed them in slightly. I'll definitely make this again. Next time I'll add a smig of almond extract to the icing.
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Amish Meatloaf

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2008
This is our favorite meatloaf. I divide it and freeze half to bake later. Our fine-tuned preference is now to omit the bacon and halve the sugar in the meat mix. And I reserve some of the topping to serve as a sauce after slicing the loaf. Delicious!
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Old Bay® Lady Liberty Seafood Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2001
Easy, attractive, flavorful and a salad I'll make again. I used medium-sized shells and white wine vinaigrette instead of the italian dressing.
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Simple Country Ribs

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2001
Very flavorful!
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Chocolate Swirl Zucchini Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 17, 2010
As written, this cake just did not work for me. It took 55-60 minutes to bake, rising way up to the top of the pan. And though I liked the idea of the cream cheese, the baking batter pushed all of the swirls toward the center of the pan, concentrating the cream cheese in the middle. By the next day, the center was unpleasantly gobby and wet. If I ever decide to try this again, I'll put the batter in a jellyroll pan, leave out the cream cheese and chocolate chips (which sank anyway), and frost it. In the meantime, I'll stick with my usual chocolate zucchini cake recipe and batter that isn't so soupy.
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Chrissy's Sweet 'n' Sour Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2005
This is really refreshing and good; not too sweet! Distilled white vinegar is certainly appropriate for this salad, despite the post to the contrary, however I used white wine vinegar and will experiment with other vinegars, too. I used half vegetable oil and half olive oil, and I used half halved grape tomatoes and "Snow White" cherry tomatoes. Not being an onion fan, peeled, seeded and chopped cucumber was substituted. A very pretty presentation and sooo delicious.
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Baby Food Cake Bars

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2004
This is a wonderful recipe we've enjoyed for years, though I've never added the cinnamon. I cut back on the oil a bit(to 1 1/4 cups), bake it in a jellyroll pan, and top it with a fluffy cream cheese frosting. It's more cake-like than bar-like - delicious!
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